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NTL

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I just bulit a new computer and it seems to somewhat randomly lock up. When this happens it makes a strange noise in my headphones, the mouse freezes, and the computer is unresponsive. I've noticed that it seems to lockup more often when I am playing computer games (especially those which are more demanding on the video card), but it can happen at any time (it has even happened while I was logged out and my computer was at the windows login screen.) Here are my system specs:

Windows XP Home SP2
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice core
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra ATX mother board (with updated chipset drivers)
1GB CORSAIR ValueSelect Ram 184-Pin DDR 400 (PC 3200)
ATI Radeon 9600 SE video card
400 watt power supply (new)


What could be the problem? I meet the system requirements for all the games I try to play, and don't understand why it freezes up when I am just surfing the internet, ect. Thanks for any help you can provide.
 

dustyjay

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well let see here. 400 watt power supply (New). Is it a quality name brand unit or is it a relatively lowcost cheapie? Could be a power supply problem.
 

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dustyjay said:
well let see here. 400 watt power supply (New). Is it a quality name brand unit or is it a relatively lowcost cheapie? Could be a power supply problem.
It was a $30 power supply, how could I determine if this is the problem?
 

dustyjay

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Unfortunate choice for a nicer computer. I would guess tht the $30 is either not providing the power as it should or that you need more power for your system in the first place. Antec, Thermaltake, Sparkle, coolermaster, Vantec, In Win are among a few of the very good manufacturers, and a 450 or higher watt PSU is what you would be looking for.
 
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